Julianna Margulies

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Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Margulies at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Julianna Luisa Margulies
(1966-06-08) June 8, 1966 (age 48)[1]
Spring Valley, New York, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York
Education BA
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Occupation
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Keith Lieberthal (m. 2007)
Children 1

Julianna Luisa Margulies (pronounced /liˈɑːnə mɑːrɡəˈls/; born June 8, 1966) is an American actress and producer.

After several small television roles, Margulies achieved both critical and commercial success in her role as Nurse Carol Hathaway on NBC's long-running medical drama ER, for which she won an Emmy Award. After her departure from ER in 2000, Margulies appeared in the 2001 miniseries The Mists of Avalon and voiced the role of Neera in Disney's CGI film Dinosaur. In 2009, she took the lead role of Alicia Florrick in the American legal drama The Good Wife on CBS, for which she has won a Golden Globe, a Television Critics Association Award, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in both 2011 and 2014.

Margulies has won eight Screen Actor Guild Awards, which has made her the most awarded female within the organization; four for her performance as an actress in a leading role in a drama series, and four for being the member of the best ensemble cast in a drama series.

Early life[edit]

Margulies, the youngest of three daughters. was born in Spring Valley, New York. Her mother, Francesca (née Gardner), was a ballet dancer and eurythmy teacher, and her father, Paul Margulies, was a writer, philosopher, and well-known Madison Avenue advertising executive.[2][3] Her parents were Jewish, descended from immigrants from Austria, Hungary, and Romania.[4] Margulies' mother converted to Christianity during Margulies's childhood; Margulies herself still identifies as Jewish.[5][6][7] The Margulies family lived in Israel for a period of time before Julianna's birth, then moved back to the Upper West Side of New York City.[3]

Margulies attended grade school at Green Meadow Waldorf School[8] and high school at High Mowing School.[9] As a child, she lived in New York, France, and England. Margulies obtained a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she appeared in several campus plays.

Career[edit]

Margulies made her feature film debut as a prostitute looking to go straight in Steven Seagal's film Out for Justice. In 1994, Margulies was cast in the pilot episode of the NBC medical drama ER as Carol Hathaway, an emergency care nurse who, despondent over her relationship with George Clooney's character pediatrician Doug Ross, attempted suicide. Her character was originally intended to die; however, the producers changed the plot and she remained on the show for six seasons until 2000. She won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama in 1994, and was nominated for this award every year during her tenure. She was the only series regular cast member to win an Emmy Award.[10]

Following her departure from ER, Margulies worked on stage and screen. On stage she appeared in a MCC Theater production of Kate Robin's Intrigue With Faye, a Lincoln Center production of Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns, and The Vagina Monologues. Her film work after ER included Evelyn with Pierce Brosnan and Ghost Ship with Gabriel Byrne and Ron Eldard. She starred as the protagonist and narrator (Morgaine) in the 2001 TNT miniseries The Mists of Avalon and participated in the 2002 documentary film Searching for Debra Winger. In 2004, she guest-starred in a two-episode arc in season 4 of the hit TV show Scrubs as Neena Broderick, an unscrupulous lawyer who sues Turk and has a brief sexual relationship with J.D. She starred in another miniseries on TNT, The Grid, in 2004. In April 2006, she appeared in four episodes of the sixth season of The Sopranos, portraying realtor Julianna Skiff. In August 2006, she appeared in Snakes on a Plane as flight attendant Claire Miller. In December 2006, she played Jennifer Bloom in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room.

Margulies and Lieberthal at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008

In an August 2006 interview with tvguide.com, Margulies said that she was close to accepting an offer to return to ER for a four-episode arc with Noah Wyle that filmed in Hawaii during the 2005–2006 season. However, she decided against it at the last minute. Margulies was again invited to return during ER's final season, but the actress initially turned down the offer, saying that she felt like she left Carol Hathaway in the perfect place and could not imagine bettering her departure episode.[11] Later, however, Margulies did return to ER for one episode during its 15th and final season.[12]

She had a minor role in 2007's The Darwin Awards. In 2008, Margulies starred in the legal series Canterbury's Law, a Fox mid-season replacement show. She played the title character, Elizabeth Canterbury, a lawyer described as "a tough-minded defense attorney who isn't afraid to push boundaries in order to protect innocent clients." She was also credited as a producer of the show.[13] The series was severely impacted by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike and cancelled by the network after only six episodes.

In 2009, Margulies began starring in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife. She plays Alicia Florrick, an attorney returning to legal practice after her husband Peter Florrick (played by Chris Noth) resigned as Illinois State's Attorney amidst a sex and corruption scandal.[14]

Since 2011, starting with the third season, Margulies has been credited as a producer of The Good Wife.[15]

In 2013, the actress did the voice-over for a Chase 'Blue Sapphire' Credit Card commercial. As a result of her popularity and television success, she has become one of the most sought-after voice-over actresses in the advertising industry.

In 2014, Margulies narrated "Women in Business", an episode of season 2 of Makers: Women Who Make America.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Margulies and actor Ron Eldard, whom she met in an acting class in 1991,[17] dated for twelve years before splitting in 2003.[18][19] Margulies and attorney Keith Lieberthal, the son of academic Kenneth Lieberthal,[20] were married on November 10, 2007 in Lenox, Massachusetts. They have one child, Kieran,[21][22] and reside in Manhattan, New York City.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Margulies at the 66th Emmy Awards with her award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Out for Justice Rica
1997 Traveller Jean
1997 Paradise Road Topsy Merritt
1998 Newton Boys, TheThe Newton Boys Louise Brown
1998 Price Above Rubies, AA Price Above Rubies Rachel
2000 What's Cooking? Carla
2000 Dinosaur Neera Voice
2002 Man from Elysian Fields, TheThe Man from Elysian Fields Dena
2002 Evelyn Bernadette Beattie
2002 Ghost Ship Maureen Epps
2006 The Darwin Awards Carla
2006 Armenian Genocide, TheThe Armenian Genocide Narrator
2006 Snakes on a Plane Claire Miller
2006 Beautiful Ohio Mrs. Cubano
2009 City Island Joyce Rizzo
2011 No Job for a Woman Narrator[24]
2013 Stand Up Guys Nina Hirsch

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Murder, She Wrote Rachel Novaro Episode: "Murder at Discount"
1993 Law & Order Lt. Ruth Mendoza Episode: "Conduct Unbecoming"
1994 Homicide: Life on the Street Linda 2 episodes
1994–2000, 2009 ER Nurse Carol Hathaway 135 episodes
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Herself Episode: "Larry's on Vacation"
1998 Ellen Ellen Screen Test #5 Episode: "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1"
2001 Mists of Avalon, TheThe Mists of Avalon Morgaine
2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Helene Hanfstaengl
2004 Scrubs Neena Broderick 2 episodes
2004 The Grid Maren Jackson 6 episodes
2006 The Lost Room Jennifer Bloom 3 episodes
2006–2007 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Julianna Skiff 4 episodes
2008 Canterbury's Law Elizabeth Canterbury 6 episodes
2009–present Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Alicia Florrick 122 episodes
2010 Sesame Street Dr. Berger Episode: "Big Bird Sprains His Wing"
2014 Makers: Women Who Make America Narrator Episode: "Women in Business"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1995 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series ER Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Won
1996 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
1997 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Won
1998 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2002 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The Mists of Avalon Nominated
2005 Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The Grid Nominated
2009 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Good Wife Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Won
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress – Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Pending
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Pending
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Pending

References[edit]

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